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Posted on: November 3, 2023

NJDEP Releases Model Tree Removal/Replacement Ordinance

Last year the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) revised the Tier A Municipal Stormwater General Permit. They also took steps to reclassify all municipalities into the Tier A category. The revised permit requires municipalities to adopt and enforce a community-wide ordinance covering tree removal/replacement, if they didn’t already have an ordinance that met the requirements.

To assist municipalities in adopting a complying ordinance, the NJDEP undertook the development of a model tree replacement/removal ordinance, which has been finalized and is now available on the NJDEP website.

In addition to finalizing the ordinance, the NJDEP has extended the due date for municipalities to adopt a tree removal/replacement ordinance from January 1, 2024,  to May 1, 2024.

Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., Associate General Counsel,, 609-695-3481, x137. 

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